Young Professionals Symposium

A One Day Symposium for High School Students Interested in the Music Education Profession

The North Carolina Music Educators Association’s Tri-M and Young Professionals Committee is excited to host its second annual Tri-M Day in conjunction with the Young Professionals Symposium, which occurs during the NCMEA Annual Conference. The Young Professionals Symposium has a history of providing 11th and 12th grade high school music students interested in Music Education specifically tailored sessions and experiences. Also, NCMEA is hosting an extension of this event for all high school students who participate in the Tri-M Music Honors Society called Tri-M Day.

Participants for Young Professionals Symposium will begin their day with the Tri-M students to learn about their leadership style and how to advocate for music education. Young Professional students will then participate in specific sessions catered towards entering the music education profession, including a conducting seminar, interview tips and tricks from various NC music education professors, and a beginning teacher music educator Q+A Panel.


Up to 25 applicants are accepted and these individuals must meet three requirements:

  1. Create a satisfactory résumé of their musical activities,
  2. Receive outstanding recommendations from their high school music instructors,
  3. Meet the application deadline.

Students may attend the symposium only once if accepted, and no more than three students from the same school may apply in any particular year.

Application Information

A complete application for the Young Professionals’ Symposium must include the following:

  • Completed YPS Student Application Form
  • Letter of Recommendation from High School Director
  • Musical resume detailing musical accomplishments and experiences
  • Deadline is no later than Sunday, October 1, 2023.

For more information send an email to YPS Chair: Emily AsKew
[email protected]